As a hypnobirthing teacher and antenatal teacher I seem to spend an inordinate amount of my life discussing the process of breathing. Just getting the air in and getting it out again so that you can get more in - this act looms very large at this time of a woman's life. It also looms large for a … [Read more...] about And don’t forget to B-R-E-A-T-H-E
Here are my personal Ten Golden Rules for all brand-new mums in the early days and weeks. I am not a big fan of the Internet obsession with numbered lists - there are far too many and most of them are bossy and prescriptive. But just for today, I've tried to distill what I believe mums need to know … [Read more...] about Ten Golden Rules when you have just had a baby
So I 've finally taken the plunge. I'm going to train with BabyCalm, the parent class provider set up by Sarah Ockwell-Smith (who went to the same school as me and also had 4 children...but is younger, slimmer and with luxuriant hair - no I'M NOT JEALOUS AT ALL) in May and I hope I will be able to … [Read more...] about Taking the plunge. Babycalm here I come
Here is a chilling quote I've come across today in an announcement from a marketing strategy firm. It's a press release dated 28 April 2009 and you can find it here. It reveals what the huge food and drink industry REALLY thinks about breastfeeding: as a PROBLEM to be surmounted, got round and … [Read more...] about How marketers see breastfeeding – as a PROBLEM
No not me! It's the lovely Sarah Ockwell-Smith who has written a polite but firm rebuttal of some of Gina Ford's more outrageous advice on her blog which I'm linking to here: AN OPEN LETTER TO GINA FORD, AUTHOR OF THE CONTENTED LITTLE BABY SERIES … [Read more...] about An open letter to Gina Ford from a mother of four
“Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. What a headline! What medical reporter could resist rushing to the news editor on sighting an academic article which packs such a quotable punch in its conclusions. No wonder Lachlan de Crespigny and Julian Savulescu, authors of … [Read more...] about “Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. Really?
Did you know you could have a private, bespoke hypnobirthing course IN YOUR OWN HOME for under £190 by getting together with a friend? It is surprising how often I get a call from a client who is in the happy situation of being pregnant at the same time as one of her close friends. Is it all about … [Read more...] about Share a private hypnobirthing course with a friend and cut your costs!
Lots going on this month! If you are expecting a baby in the New Year and live in London, then maybe I can help you! I have places left on my WEEKEND HYPNOBIRTHING course - see https://birthhypnosis.net/?p=2187 I am taking POSTNATAL DOULA clients in 2014 On 14 January I am running a WATERBIRTH … [Read more...] about Expecting a baby in the New Year?
A fascinating note which should allay the concerns of breastfeeding mothers thinking of having a glass or two of wine this Christmas. I am reproducing this from the AIMS Journal vol 25 No 3, 2013. More fascinating stuff from AIMS can be found at www.aims.org.uk "You can buy test strips to … [Read more...] about Alcohol and breastmilk
130 women in Sheffield and Chesterfield are being offered £200 in shopping vouchers if they breastfeed their new babies. The idea is more than troublesome - it is completely wrongheaded. Dr Clare Relton, the doctor leading the scheme - thank goodness, it is only a pilot scheme so with any luck it … [Read more...] about The breastfeeding bribe!